Cleaning Windows with Vinegar Without Streaks
In this how-to, you'll learn
- How to make your own vinegar window washing solution.
- What type of solution you will need based on how dirty your windows are.
- How to use vinegar for other house hold chores.
Vinegar is a miracle from nature. Completely non-toxic and anti-bacterial, vinegar is actually beneficial to any surface it touches. It safely kills germs and is much more economical than chemical cleaning solutions. Itís not even harmful when accidentally inhaled or ingested. (If youíve got kids, youíll love that part).
The acidic composition of vinegar acts quickly to break down the kind of film that frequently accumulates on glass surfaces. When you wash a window using a solution that contains vinegar, the results will almost always be free from streaks and sparkling clean.
Recipes for Vinegar Window Washing Solution
Martha Stewart included a section with detailed recommendations for window washing in her series, "20 More Things Everyone Should Know". Below are a few choice tips, along with her vinegar window-washing recipe.
Mix one part hot water to one part distilled vinegar.
Sponge cleaning: Moisten the window, using the solution, then clean.
Squeegee cleaning: Always dampen the squeegee first and clean from the top down, wiping the edge of the squeegee after every stroke.
Clean only when there is no direct sun on the windows.
Rinse and dry the window frames immediately to avoid any damage.
Green Living, from National Geographic, recommends this simple recipe, plus a few extra tips for the best window cleaning outcome.
- In a spray bottle, mix 50% distilled vinegar (white) and 50% tap water.
- For extremely grimy glass, prewash with very soapy water, then go to the vinegar spray.
- Got highly resistent spots? Try rubbing hard with a cloth dipped in undiluted vinegar.